FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - Nike suspended its lucrative contract with Michael Vick on Friday, while Reebok took the unprecedented step of stopping sales of his No. 7 jersey.
In another dose of bad news for the indicted quarterback, a top trading card company announced it was pulling Vick's likeness from any new packs.
SAN FRANCISCO - Hammerin' Hank, he's right behind you now.
Barry Bonds hit his 754th career home run Friday night, and needed just one more to tie Hank Aaron's record.
PHOENIX - Tony Clark homered to lead off the bottom of the eleventh inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Atlanta Braves 8-7 Friday night after squandering a seven-run lead.
Clark's homer followed a game-winning shot by Eric Byrnes the previous night, and is the Diamondbacks' fifth game-winner this season. Arizona has won seven straight to move within one game of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
RICHMOND, Va. - While his Atlanta Falcons teammates reported to training camp without him, Michael Vick declared his innocence on federal dogfighting charges Thursday and said he looked forward to ''clearing my good name.''
SAN FRANCISCO - Rich Aurilia hit a tiebreaking homer in the sixth inning, Noah Lowry held Atlanta scoreless after allowing a run in the first and the San Francisco Giants got a rare win with Barry Bonds out of the lineup, beating the Braves 2-1 Wednesday night.
SAN FRANCISCO - The closest Barry Bonds came to a home run was watching Jeff Francoeur's drive sail over his head into the left-field seats.
SAN FRANCISCO - After months of questions, Bud Selig grabbed a front-row seat for Barry Bonds' chase of history. On the slugger's 43rd birthday, no less.
It might be a long wait for the commissioner and everybody else.
The bomb planted Wednesday near the Tour de France route wasn't really necessary because the doped-up cyclists have done a good enough job themselves destroying the race. By the time they ride into Paris this weekend, the only ones left pedaling will be a few French kids on Schwinns with training wheels.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons hired Bobby Petrino because they thought he could turn Michael Vick into a complete quarterback. They signed Joey Harrington merely to serve as No. 7's backup.
SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds' home fans might have to wait a while to celebrate history.
SAN FRANCISCO - Baseball commissioner Bud Selig will try to be there when Barry Bonds breaks Hank Aaron's career home run record, saying the San Francisco Giants star was "innocent until proven guilty."
ATLANTA - Skip Schumaker insists he's not a home run hitter. At least for one night though, he was.
Schumaker hit a two-run home run and Scott Rolen added a three-run homer in the 10th inning to give the St. Louis Cardinals a 7-2 win over the Atlanta Braves on Sunday night.
RICHMOND, Va. - Sports enthusiasts can overlook an athlete's missteps, so long as they don't cross one line: Don't mess with Fido.
NEW YORK - Michael Vick was ordered by commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday to stay away from the Atlanta Falcons' training camp until the league reviews the dogfighting charges against him.
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland - The cheers grew louder as Sergio Garcia crossed the bridge over Barry Burn toward the 18th green at Carnoustie, a reception so warm it gave him chills. He removed his cap in a steady rain and soaked up the adulation.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Jim Furyk hasn't competed on the PGA Tour in seven months, so he kept his expectations to a minimum at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
The scenery will change, but some UAB football players forced to look for new schools after their program was shuttered in December will remain teammates next season.
NEW YORK - Commissioner Adam Silver is determined to make a schedule that keeps NBA players fresher, and he is willing to discuss starting the season earlier or ending later.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - A person with knowledge of the meeting tells The Associated Press that Peyton Manning huddled with Broncos general manager John Elway on Thursday to talk about his future in football. No decision was announced on whether Manning would return in 2015 or retire.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Enjoying the best weather Pebble Beach has to offer is one thing. Brandt Snedeker knew he had to take advantage of it with his golf clubs, too.
As an automatic-qualifying conference, the Mountain West is guaranteed to have one team get into the NCAA tournament. The conference appears to be in decent shape to add another for the second straight season.
Max Scherzer and Jon Lester might as well have neon-green dollar signs stamped all over their uniforms and caps when spring training opens next week.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) - Sunshine is always a pleasant surprise at Pebble Beach, and Thursday brought a real stunner: John Daly was near the top of the leaderboard.
CHICAGO - A Little League team that captured the attention of the nation and the hearts of its hometown was stripped of its national title Wednesday after an investigation revealed that team officials had falsified boundaries so they could add ineligible players to the roster.
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - Tiger Woods said Wednesday his game is "not acceptable" to compete in tournaments and he will return when he thinks it is.
LAS VEGAS - He couldn't stop fighting the NCAA any more than he could give up chewing towels courtside. Jerry Tarkanian built a basketball dynasty in the desert, but it was his decades-long battle with the NCAA that defined him far more than the wins and losses.
ATLANTA - Mike Budenholzer may coach one of the best teams in the NBA.
JACKSON, Miss. - Tim Corbin sounded more like a philosopher than Vanderbilt's coach as he talked about the new flat-seam baseball designed to bring a little more scoring back to the college game.
Five weeks into the new year, all five winners on the PGA Tour were among the top 50 in the world.
Winter is going to be over soon and those of us who look forward to spring will be on the lookout for new fishing adventures. I've got an idea for a trip that you will not regret. Head out to Paradise Public Fishing Area located between Tifton and Nashville in South Georgia and you will be in for a treat. From Statesboro it's about 140 miles and there are plenty of places to stay in Tifton.